SAUGERTIES, NY – Hudson Valley Garlic Festival lovers are looking forward to the return this weekend of what they believe to be the best smelly event of fall.
The event that showcases the versatile bulb as a food preparation accessory, seasonal decoration and anti-vampire will allow visitors to eat, stink and have fun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Cantine Field in Saugerties.
Last year’s festival was canceled last year due to COVID-19. And while ongoing COVID issues have forced some changes this year – there will be no confined space events (like lectures and cooking demonstrations), and no kids’ tent – most of it. which made the festival a big draw for over three decades will be Reviens.
“We’re going to have at least 200 vendors combined with food, businesses and garlic producers,” spokeswoman Pat Praetorius said. “There is still a lot to walk around and see and do.”
There will be live music on three stages and children’s performances by the Arm of the Sea Theater.
Praetorius said that “the most notable [change] will be if you want to taste a product, you have to ask a seller. They will not have the displays of… dips, garlic and cheese. You’re going to have to ask.
The festival dates back to 1989, when founder Pat Reppert organized it at a small farm on Shale Hill Road in Saugerties. He remained on the farm until 1991 when attendance tripled, then was taken over by the Kiwanis Club of Saugerties and moved to Cantine Field. The festival attracted 5,000 people to Cantine in 1992, then 13,000 the following year, and finally 53,000 in 2007 before tapering off slightly.
Reppert died in December 2017 at the age of 81.
Festival vendor Laura Ramos, of Quill Hill Farm in East Poultney, VT, said the Saugerties event’s return this year is significant.
“This is the biggest garlic festival in the northeast, so our sales are significantly higher than any other garlic festival,” she said.
And Ramos said she doesn’t plan to bring a simple variety of produce from the garden. Its garlic selections will include Vietnamese purple, chesnok, German hardy, Katterman porcelain, Killarney red, and Spanish roja. Other specialties include garlic powders, chili powders, spicy fresh chili peppers, habaneros and garlic pickles.
Admission to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival at the Gate is $ 10 per day (free for children under 12). Discounted tickets can be purchased until 5 p.m. Thursday at Smith’s Hardware, Sawyer Savings Bank and M&T Bank in Saugerties, and at all Adams Fairacre Farms stores.